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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department: Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem); Politics & Public Administration
Position supervisor: Dr. Daniel Rubenson
Contract length: 12 months, with possibility of renewal of up to three (3) years
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Rate of pay: Salary to be competitive, and includes health benefits

About the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem)

Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, C-Dem is reimagining election research in Canada and elsewhere by developing a pioneering consortium model for researchers, electoral management boards (EMBs), policy makers and civil society organizations (CSOs) to build upon mutual interests and pool resources and knowledge to investigate the health of democracy. C-Dem is creating a dynamic research network to address urgent questions about political engagement, under representation, the evolution of public opinion between and across elections, and data collection practices with an evidence-based cooperative approach to studying electoral democracy. C-Dem administered the 2019 Canadian Election Study and will administer the 2023 CES as well as provincial election studies and yearly surveys of Canadian attitudes (Democracy Checkups). In addition to this extensive data collection, C-Dem will revolutionize how academic survey data is utilized by and contributes to discussions outside of academia. Research dissemination, knowledge mobilization and outreach are substantial components of the project. 

The opportunity

The Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2020-21 academic year. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years given joint interest, satisfactory performance and subject to budgetary changes.

The principal job of the postdoctoral fellow will be to contribute to C-Dem research by helping to design and execute new studies, conduct rigourous quantitative analyses using advanced causal inference methods and contribute to manuscripts. Topics of studies will include voting, elections, political behaviour and public opinion. Studies may involve survey or field experiments as well as secondary data analysis. The majority of the postdoctoral fellow’s time will be devoted to collaborative projects (≈ 60%), however there will also be about 20% of time available to work on their own research. Additional responsibilities will include supervision of research assistants, working with project members to design and implement surveys, assisting with C-Dem events, assisting with an ongoing political economy/behaviour seminar series and contributing to technical reports. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, interested in collaborative work, have excellent quantitative and causal inference skills (including very strong R and Stata skills), experience programming surveys in Qualtrics and will be able to demonstrate their potential to publish high-quality research. Fluency in both English and French would be considered an asset but is not required. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to build a professional network and engage with C-Dem’s many partner organizations. The position will be hosted in the Department of Politics & Public Administration at Ryerson University and the fellow will work directly with Professor Daniel Rubenson and his research group consisting of political scientists, economists and psychologists.

The position will commence on September 1, 2020. Given current circumstances, a later start date can also be negotiated. Compensation will be competitive and includes health benefits. 


  • A completed or near to completed PhD in political science or a related discipline; 
  • 1-3 years of experience conducting empirical research (including supervising data collection and cleaning activities and programming surveys in Qualtrics); 
  • Excellent quantitative and causal inference skills as well as advanced work in R and Stata; 
  • Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments; 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language; 
  • Ability to work well with teams, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty; 
  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a fast-paced environment, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality; 
  • Fluency in both English and French a plus.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit applications via email, including the following: 

  1. A letter of interest, specifically outlining how their research agenda, interests and skills would complement C-Dem; 
  2. A CV; 
  3. A writing sample; 
  4. Contact information for two academic referees. 

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure best chances of being considered, applications should arrive before August 1, 2020. Inquiries and applications should be directed to Daniel Rubenson at

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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